Safe Family: Staying warm

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The cold weather is just a part of day-to-day life right now, and it's worse because our bodies just may not be used to it. Ryan Loyd has more on how to keep warm when it's a big challenge.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, taking preventative action is your best defense to handle this cold weather.

That means planning ahead, staying indoors, getting your home and car ready before the weather snap, and always paying attention to safety precautions.

"In fact, we talked to Oncor. They predict 2 to 3 events this winter where there may not be power." Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says.

You can encounter some pretty serious health situations if you expose yourself to the cold for too long. Hypothermia and frostbite are two conditions that cause heat loss and loss of feeling from the body.

Sometimes, in a cold crunch, some people might try to use camp stoves or grills inside.

That’s a big danger.

"If the electricity is off, don't use an oven or stove, certainly not anything intended for outdoor use."

Preparation is the biggest preventative measure to keep you and your family safe and well-stocked in case an emergency happens, a big storm blows through, or if you're left in the dark.

Check these links for more.

If the heat goes out-

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Emergency essentials-

KXII’s Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness page

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